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Monday, October 23, 2017

Kid Food Nation Gala Experience


Brandon Yuen, 9-years-old from #Vancouver, was one of the chosen 26 winners of the KID FOOD NATION National Recipe Challenge who attended the Gala over the past weekend.  Brandon's Cheesy Quesadilla recipe was featured on the YTV Kid Food Nation website.


It was an amazing and unforgettable experience at the Kid Food Nation Gala that took place on Sunday October 22, 2017 at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa. The Government of Canada, Boys and Girls Club of Canada, President's Choice Children's Charity, Corus Entertainment celebrated the winners of the Kid Food Nation Contest along with their families. Kids from across Canada submitted their homemade healthy recipes. Thousands of entries were received and only 26 winners were chosen to attend the Gala and a trip to Ottawa as the grand prize.

Prior to the Gala, the kids did an individual photoshoot session. They are all so adorable in their nicely dressed attire.


Brandon was excited to tell point to me that his Cheesy Quesadilla was one of the featured recipe for the appetizers on the table.


Was great meeting Owen Charters (President & CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Canada) and Ginette Petitpas Taylor (Minister of Health, MP for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe).


And yes, the kids also met their favourite YTV celebrity, Carlos Bustamante, in person. He was the host of the event. He was very good with the kids and also signed autographs for them.

This is a wonderful inspiration to all the kids knowing that they can achieve their goals, learn about healthy eating and also have the chance to inspire others as well.

Congratulations again to all the winners!


SEE THE FULL GALLERY HERE

Brandon's thoughts coming soon on his blog at "Brandon's Adventures"



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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pearly Whites Coconut & Charcoal Whitening Strips Giveaway


Voted Australia’s most popular at home teeth whitening brand, Pearly Whites only uses the highest grade ingredients in their whitening gel, and sell nothing other than premium quality products!


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We've combined the natural whitening power of coconut oil and activated charcoal and infused it with our unique whitening formula for fast, no mess, pain free results. If you’re looking for a more natural way to get a Hollywood celebrity smile, our new On The Go Whitening Strips are the best choice.

Formulated for people with sensitive teeth, these whitening strips have been infused with both the natural whitening power of activated charcoal and the antibacterial properties of coconut oil. These two ancient remedies have been updated with a gentle whitening agent to produce a more natural, easy to use, teeth whitening option that is convenient, quick and, best of all, gentle.

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ONE (1) lucky winner will receive a box of 10 x Coconut Oil & Activated Charcoal Infused Teeth Whitening Strips! This Giveaway is open to United States residents only, 18+. Giveaway event will end on November 9th, 2017 at 11:59 PM (EST). Winners will have 48 hours to email their information back or a new winner will be drawn.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Opens in Theatres Dec 15, 2017

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.


The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers.

See the latest trailer below:

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KANSAS Live Concert Album Leftoverture Live & Beyond to be Released Nov 3, 2017

America's legendary progressive rock band, will release their new live album "Leftoverture Live & Beyond" on November 3, 2017. This is the first live album since 2009 for the band that has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and is famous for classic hits such as 'Carry On Wayward Son' and 'Dust in the Wind,' to progressive epics like 'Miracles Out of Nowhere.'

Billboard.com had the exclusive first listen of the live track of "Carry On Wayward Son". The feature includes an interview with KANSAS drummer, Phil Ehart. To read the interview and to stream the song, head here: https://goo.gl/dwScdB


The song will be available tomorrow on all streaming platforms. Links to retailers can be found below:

Website www.kansasband.com
iTunes http://itunes.com/kansas
Amazon http://amzn.to/2yxEJX9
Spotify http://spoti.fi/2b0Oi3j
Google Play http://bit.ly/2asRFhn

The upcoming album is now available for pre-order at www.kansasband.com.

"Leftoverture Live & Beyond," produced by Jeff Glixman, features nineteen songs selected from twelve shows recorded during KANSAS's Spring 2017 Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour. The set list includes classic hits, deep cuts, new songs from 2016's studio album "The Prelude Implicit," and culminates with the band's sextuple-platinum breakthrough album, "Leftoverture," performed in its entirety.

Kansas perform at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on May 27, 2017 in Bethlehem, Penn

Lisa Lake/Getty Images

Coinciding with the 40th Anniversary of "Leftoverture," and the release of "The Prelude Implicit," KANSAS embarked on their biggest headlining tour in decades. The overwhelming success of that tour led the band, along with Inside Out Music, to release selected songs from the tour as a live album.

"When we saw how much our fans enjoyed the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour shows, we knew we had to record a live album," said KANSAS drummer, Phil Ehart. "When it came to finding someone to produce it, we thought the best possible person would be the guy that produced 'Leftoverture' forty years ago. So, we called Jeff Glixman!"

"I'm really excited with how this live album sounds," adds producer, Jeff Glixman. "This band is on fire. Producing this live album was truly an undertaking, but I am confident that KANSAS fans will enjoy the end result."

"Leftoverture Live & Beyond," will be released on November 3, 2017, on Inside Out Music and is distributed by The Orchard. The album will be available as a double CD digipak, four 180 Gram Vinyl boxed set, and digitally on iTunes and Google Play.

Leftoverture Live & Beyond Track Listing:
1.) Icarus II
2.) Icarus
3.) Point of Know Return
4.) Paradox
5.) Journey from Mariabronn
6.) Lamplight Symphony
7.) Dust in the Wind
8.) Rhythm in the Spirit
9.) The Voyage of Eight Eighteen
10.) Section 60
11.) Carry On Wayward Son
12.) The Wall
13.) What's on My Mind
14.) Miracles out of Nowhere
15.) Opus Insert
16.) Questions of My Childhood
17.) Cheyenne Anthem
18.) Magnum Opus
19.) Portrait (He Knew)

KANSAS is currently on the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour. More information on the tour, including specific Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour dates, can be found at www.kansasband.com.

For more information on KANSAS, Leftoverture Live & Beyond, and the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour, visit @kansasband via website, Facebook, and Twitter.



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5 Tips to Stay Energized and Eat Healthy Throughout the Year

HOW TO GET BACK ON TRACK WITH HEALTHY EATING

Most people are in for a big adjustment as they transition into a busy fall routine. After summer vacations and back-to-school preparations, it’s important to get back on track with everyday healthy eating habits. To keep you and your family energized throughout the year and powered up to tackle the day, Halifax-based Dietitian Coleen Nolan shares her top five healthy-eating tips:

1. BREAK THE FAST. Fuel your engine by eating a nutritious breakfast that provides energy and essential nutrients for healthy growth and development, maintains healthy body weights and improves focus. Skip the sweet cereals and go for higher fibre varieties (more than 4g per serving) with less sugar (less than 10g per serving), or try smoothies. For something different, go for soaked oats.

TIP: The night before, combine steel-cut oats, protein powder or skim milk powder, hemp hearts, with boiling water, stir, top with nut butter, berries, cover and chill. It’s loaded with tasty and healthy fuel to start your day off right. It’s delicious!

2. SWAP OUT SUGAR. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that less than 10 per cent of daily calories come from added sugars. For a typical 2,000 calories per day diet, this is less than 12 teaspoons per day maximum in added sugars. In fact, one can of soda pop may contain 10 teaspoons of sugar. Yikes! Try flavouring plain or mineral water with fruit, veggies, or herbs, cucumber and fresh mint, or lemon, lime and oranges – it’s super refreshing!

TIP: Got juice lovers at home? Mix fruit juices with water and ice to reduce the amount of sugar over time. It’s easier than cutting it out all together and works great with chocolate milk and plain milk, too. Also, try switching from flavoured yogurts to plain yogurts and simply add fresh or frozen fruit with drizzle of honey or maple syrup. How to Swap when Baking? Try substituting one-third of the sugar in recipes with skim milk powder to decrease the sugar.

3. GRAB’N GO SNACKS FOR SUPERMOMS AND DADS. With hectic schedules, busy work days, and after-school activities, grown-ups need all the energy they can get. Too busy to cook from scratch or tempted by sugar-and-fat-laden treats? Look for nutritious, convenient and portable snacks at your grocery store. For example, Snack’n Go Salads are made with superfood ingredients including wholesome grains, fresh vegetables, and healthy plant-based protein and fibre to keep you satisfied longer between meals (which can help promote healthy weight). Plus, they are vegetarian, contain less than 200 calories, less than 10g of fat, with no added preservatives, and no added sugar. They come in a convenient 115g snack-size bowl with a handy snap-off spoon.

TIP: Snack’n Go salads are great on their own, as an energizing snack between meals or a post-workout boost, or as a protein topping on green salads, or a healthy side to any meal. Need a little more protein? Add a small handful of nuts, cheese, or a hard-boiled egg to any of the Snack’n Go Salads.

4. POWER UP YOUR SNACKING ON-THE-GO! Be sure to add a source of protein and fibre into snacks to carry you through until your next meal. Try a power smoothie made with plain Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, spinach or kale.

TIP: Set up handy, easy-to-grab snack bins in the cupboard and fridge. Once a week, replenish the bins with fruits, nuts, cheese, vegetables and hummus.

5. MEAL AND SNACK PLANNING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. Try setting up a menu for the week and get input from the family. Before supper, or the night before, veggies can be washed and cut for the next day. Building basic life skills in the kitchen will come in handy when your kids are grown up and will help save time for busy parents.

TIP: Studies have shown that kids who grew up eating together as family tend to have healthier eating habits as adults.


Snack’n Go Salads are made with superfood ingredients including wholesome grains, fresh vegetables, and healthy plant-based protein and fibre to keep you satisfied longer between meals (which can help promote healthy weight). Plus, they are vegetarian, contain less than 200 calories, less than 10g of fat, with no added preservatives, and no added sugar. They come in a convenient 115g snack-size bowl with a handy snap-off spoon.

Summer Fresh Snack ‘n Go Salads come in 5 delicious flavours including:

Five Bean – Super Charge: Super charge your fibre intake with this fresh and zesty protein packed Five Bean salad including chickpeas, black-eyed peas, navy, red and black beans in a honey cider vinaigrette.

Multi-grain Quinoa – Energy: An energizing blend of quinoa, bulgar and pearl barley fused with sweet apricots and raisons tossed in an apple vinaigrette

Nine-Grain – Balance: A balancing blend of nine wholesome grains including lentils, wheatberry, rice, couscous, mung beans mixed in a light vinaigrette.

Power Grain – Boost: Boost your iron intake with this vitamin-rich medley of farro, pearl barley, beans, slices of Kalamata olives, feta cheese and gourmet rice tossed in a lemon vinaigrette

Tabouleh – Detox: A delicious detoxing blend of kale, parsley, bulgar and tomatoes in a light citrus vinaigrette

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Walker Lukens New Album "Tell It To The Judge" Now Available + Fall 2017 Tour Dates


"Tell It To The Judge...holds true to Lukens' penchant for blending genres and techniques,
 from rootsy organic to ambient electronic."
- Billboard
"a monster slab of garage-y blues that manages to sound fresh
by very subtly bucking convention"
- UPROXX
"The four songs on Never Understood are wonderfully inventive
and convey Lukens' refreshing attitude."
- NPR World Cafe


Walker Lukens is set to tour this fall, kicking off in Tulsa, OK on November 2nd and wrapping up in El Paso, TX on November 20th. The tour hits cities including Denver, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.

Walker Lukens recently released his new album Tell It To The Judge via Modern Outsider Records! Produced by Spoon's Jim Eno, this highly anticipated record brings together some of Walker's most prominent tracks to date, such as "Every Night" and "Lifted", with new tunes for fans to enjoy. The album is now available via Billboard, Spotify, iTunes, & Amazon.

Walker has been called "one of the best songwriters in Texas" (Free Press Houston.) The Austin-based, Houston-bred singer, multi-instrumentalist has been called "wonderfully inventive" (NPR World Cafe,) a "non-sexually intimidating version of Prince'" (Austin Chronicle,) and a "veteran balladeer with sudden indie rock ambitions" (Indy Week).

In 2013, Walker released his first full length record Devoted, garnering praise from outlets like NPR's All Songs Considered, American Songwriter, Austin American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, and Billboard. The word spread far and wide, taking Lukens all over the US with his backing band The Side Arms, made up of Kyle Vonderau (guitar), Zac Catanzaro (drums, percussion), Mckenzie Griffin (vocals, keyboard, percussion), and Grant Himmler (bass, vocals).

After meeting Spoon drummer Jim Eno in a bar, Walker & The Side Arms started recording new music at with him at his studio, Public Hi-Fi. Their first collaboration, 'Every Night,' has been streamed over a million times now. Their second collaboration, 'Lifted' from Never Understood EP (Modern Outsider) spent 11 weeks in total on the specialty commercial radio charts, including 5 weeks in the Top 5 and 3 weeks at #1!

This year, Walker & The Side Arms tackled a U.S. tour and performances at festivals such as Bonnaroo Music + Arts Festival, Firefly Music Festival, Mountain Jam, Float Fest, Savannah Stopover, and more.


Tell It To The Judge is now available via Billboard, Spotify, iTunes, & Amazon. For more information, please visit http://www.walkerlukens.com/.

Upcoming Shows
Oct 6 - Hot Springs, AR @ Hot Water Hills Festival
Oct 7 - Shreveport, LA @ Prize Fest
Nov 2 - Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
Nov 3 - Kansas City, MO @ The Rino
Nov 4 - Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
Nov 5 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Nov 8 - Boise, ID @ The Olympic
Nov 9 - Seattle, WA @ Timbre Room
Nov 10 - Vancouver, Canada @ Biltmore Cabaret
Nov 11 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
Nov 12 - Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
Nov 14 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Nov 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
Nov 18 - Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
Nov 19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Nov 20 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
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Boyz II Men "Under the Streetlight" - New Album Out Oct 20, 2017

Celebrating over 25 years in show business, four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning R&B vocal group Boyz II Men return with their latest album Under the Streetlight (Sony Masterworks) available October 20, 2017. A tribute to the classic, harmony driven sound that inspired the iconic R&B trio, Under the Streetlight, features a personal selection of timeless songs chosen by founding member Nathan Morris, tenor Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris, plus one original song - all with a Boyz II Men twist. The album is available now for preorder.


“Growing up and experiencing doo-wop music, definitely influenced Boyz II Men’s sound,” said Nathan Morris of Boyz II Men. “Under the Streetlight has been a passion project that we’ve wanted to create for a while to bring us back to our roots and make the music that inspired us when we first started the group.”

On Under the Streetlight, Boyz II Men put their spin on classics such as “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), “Stay” (Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs) and “I Only Have Eyes for You” (The Flamingos) along with an original composition, “Ladies Man.”

The album also features three guest vocalists who join the trio: Multi-platinum R&B artist Brian McKnight on “I'll Come Running Back To You,” “Tears On My Pillow,” and “A Sunday Kind Of Love”; Olivier Award Winner Amber Riley (Glee, London’s Dreamgirls) on “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is”; and ten-time Grammy® winners Take Six join the trio on “A Thousand Miles Away.”

Fresh off their sold-out tour with New Kids on the Block and Paula Abdul, fans can catch the best-selling R&B group sold Boyz II Men during their ongoing residency at the famed Mirage in Las Vegas and on their global tour.

For information on tour dates and to keep up with everything Boyz II Men, head to www.BoyzIIMen.com and follow them @BoyzIIMen on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Boyz II Men – Under The Streetlight (Sony Masterworks)

Tracklisting:

1 Why Do Fools Fall In Love
2 A Thousand Miles Away (feat. Take 6)
3 Stay
4 I Only Have Eyes For You
5 Up On The Roof
6 I'll Come Running Back To You (feat. Brian McKnight)
7 Tears On My Pillow (feat. Brian McKnight)
8 A Sunday Kind Of Love (feat. Brian McKnight)
9 Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (feat. Amber Riley)
10 Ladies Man
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